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New European Bauhaus

About the initiative

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The New European Bauhaus initiative connects the European Green Deal to our daily lives and living spaces. It calls on all Europeans to imagine and build together a sustainable and inclusive future that is beautiful for our eyes, minds, and souls. 

The New European Bauhaus is a creative and transdisciplinary movement in the making!

  • It is a bridge between the world of science and technology, art and culture.
  • It is about leveraging our green and digital challenges to transform our lives for the better.
  • It is an invitation to address complex societal problems together through co-creation. 

By creating bridges between different backgrounds, cutting across disciplines and building on participation at all levels, the New European Bauhaus inspires a movement to facilitate and steer the transformation of our societies along three inseparable values:

  • sustainability, from climate goals, to circularity, zero pollution, and biodiversity
  • aesthetics, quality of experience and style, beyond functionality
  • inclusion, from valuing diversity, to securing accessibility and affordability

The New European Bauhaus brings citizens, experts, businesses, and institutions together to reimagine sustainable living in Europe and beyond. In addition to creating a platform for experimentation and connection, the initiative supports positive change also by providing access to EU funding for beautiful, sustainable, and inclusive projects.

  1. 9-12 June 2022
    The Festival of the New European Bauhaus & Prizes 2022

    Designed around three pillars, Forum, Fair and Fest, and based physically in Brussels, at Gare Maritime and at the Mont des Arts, and equally online, the Festival of the New European Bauhaus was built with the NEB community to showcase, celebrate, and develop the movement.

    Next to the rich programme in Brussels, the Festival is also spreading throughout Europe, with more than 200 co-created side events independently organised by partners.

    On 11 June, the prestigious New European Bauhaus Prizes were awarded in four categories: Reconnecting with nature; Regaining a sense of belonging; Prioritising the places and people that need it the most and Shaping a circular industrial ecosystem and supporting life-cycle thinking.

    Press Release

    Festival's platform

    Prize winners 2022

  2. 23 May 2022
    Registrations open for the first Festival of the New European Bauhaus: 9 - 12 June 2022 in Brussels and abroad

    The Commission organises for the first time a Festival dedicated to the New European Bauhaus (NEB). Designed around three pillars, Forum, Fair and Fest and based physically in Brussels, at Gare Maritime & Mont des Arts, with side events around Europe and available online, the Festival of the New European Bauhaus will bring together people from all walks of life to explore, debate and shape a beautiful, sustainable and inclusive future.

    Press Release

    Festival programme & registrations

  3. 4 May 2022
    Lighthouse projects to be financed across Europe

    Five projects selected for the €25 million call for the development of ‘lighthouse demonstrators of the New European Bauhaus (NEB). 

    Press release

  4. 7 April 2022
    Launch of ‘NEB LAB' with new projects and call for Friends

    The NEB LAB is a ‘think and do' tank to make the New European Bauhaus a reality through concrete and tangible projects. By connecting the initiative's growing community and sharing ideas, it will bring about beautiful, sustainable, and inclusive changes on the ground.

    The launch of the ‘NEB LAB' starts with a call for Friends of the New European Bauhaus to involve companies and public actors such as regions, villages and cities, more directly in the New European Bauhaus.

    On 7 April, the Commission also announced the winner of an international architectural contest for a new building that will house 400 researchers at the Commission’s Joint Research Centre in Seville, Spain.

    Press release

    NEB Lab

    Factsheet: New European Bauhaus & the NEB Lab

    Call for Friends

    New European Bauhaus inspired future JRC site in Seville

  5. 30 March 2022
    Open calls: support for citizens, cities, and towns

    Three new New European Bauhaus calls are available to support citizens, cities and towns to bring their beautiful, sustainable, and inclusive initiatives closer to their communities.

    Press release

    Support to New European Bauhaus local initiatives (ERDF)

    Co-creation of public space through citizen engagement (EIT)

    Citizen engagement activities (EIT)

  6. 17 February - December 2022
    Open call: Transformation of places of learning

    Share your project and join other passionate individuals and organisations making a difference in where and how people learn across Europe and beyond - from classrooms to streets and from playgrounds to libraries.

    Transform places of learning

  7. 11 February 2022
    Horizon Europe-New European Bauhaus Nexus report published

    The report is opening a window over the potential for the EU research and innovation framework programme to contribute to the New European Bauhaus.

    Independent Expert Report

  8. 9 February 2022
    Open calls to co-create the first New European Bauhaus Festival

    The Festival of the New European Bauhaus will take place from 9 to 12 June 2022 as a hybrid event. The core activities will take place in Brussels, with side events across the EU and beyond. The call to creators and organisations to join and be part of the Festival is open until 21 March 2022.

    Press Release

    The Festival of the New European Bauhaus

  9. 18 January 2022
    Launch of the 2022 New European Bauhaus Prizes

    The 2022 New European Bauhaus prizes will celebrate new inspiring examples of the transformations the initiative wants to bring about in our daily lives, living spaces and experiences. 

    Press Release

    Questions & Answers

    New European Bauhaus Prizes 2022

  10. 16 September 2021
    New European Bauhaus Prize Winners

    European Commissioners Ferreira and Gabriel awarded 20 inspiring projects and ideas that pave the way for the future.

    Press Release

    New European Bauhaus Prizes 2021

  11. 15 September 2021
    New European Bauhaus Communication adoption

    The Commission adopted a Communication that sets out the framework, core principles and key actions that will drive the New European Bauhaus forward, as it moves from co-design to delivery. The delivery presents also the first elements of a support framework at EU level. 

    New European Bauhaus Delivery

    Press Release

    Questions & Answers

  12. 30 June 2021
    End of the co-design phase

    During the co-design phase, more than 200 multidisciplinary conversations took place and about 2000 contributors shared their ideas, challenges and visions via the New European Bauhaus website. All the inputs fed into the sense-making process and helped shape the concept of the initiative.

    Co-design process and contributions

    Report on the co-design phase

  13. 22-23 April 2021
    New European Bauhaus Conference & launch of 2021 Prizes

    The 2-day conference brought together architects, engineers, urban planners, climate activists, scientists, local representatives, creative minds, students and educators from all over the world. More than 8500 people from 85 countries followed the debates, panel discussions and workshops on the future of living. As part of the event the first New European Bauhaus Prize was launched.

    New European Bauhaus Conference

    New European Bauhaus Prizes 2021

  14. 18 January 2021
    Launch of the co-design phase

    The goal of the 6-month design phase was to shape the New European Bauhaus concept through a co-creation process by exploring ideas, identifying the most urgent needs and challenges, and connecting interested parties. Key actors in this process of collecting contributions from across Europe and beyond have been the initiative's ambassadors - the members of the high-level roundtable and our official partners.  

    Press Release

    High-level roundtable members

    Official partners

  15. September 2020
    State of the Union Address by President von der Leyen

    "I want NextGenerationEU to kickstart a European renovation wave and make our Union a leader in the circular economy. But this is not just an environmental or economic project: it needs to be a new cultural project for Europe. [...] This is why we will set up a new European Bauhaus – a co-creation space where architects, artists, students, engineers, designers work together to make that happen. This is shaping the world we want to live in."

    2020 State of the Union Address